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Sammons Jazz is the most widely recognized jazz performance series in North Texas. For more than 25 years, the series has presented a who’s who of local jazz legends and rising stars, more than 1,000 artists, and counting. Jazz fans can enjoy all styles of jazz, from big band and bebop to swing and Latin, on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December.

Each concert begins at 7:30 pm and generally features two groups with a brief intermission between sets. A buffet-style meal is provided. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center for the Arts, open at 7:00 pm Seating is open, dress is business casual or casual.

Performing at Sammons Jazz: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in a variety of jazz styles. To be considered as a performer, please send your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to arlington@sammonsartcenter.org

September 5

September 5, 2018 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

It’s Mardi Gras on September! Wycliffe Gordon, one of tthe top trombonists of his generation, opens the fall season of Sammons Jazz with a two-set tribute to The Big Easy and two of its best-known native sons: trumpet players Louis Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis. Wycliffe starts the concert with a nod to Satchmo by trading his trombone for a trumpet.

In the second set, Wycliffe recalls the early days of his career playing New Orleans-style music as the trombonist in the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Joining him on stage are Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones on piano, James Driscoll on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.

October 3

October 3, 2018 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Get your taste buds ready for The Texas Gypsies’ award-winning recipe of vintage jazzy swing made with the hep cat sounds of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, a dash of Western Swing, a sprinkle of Gypsy Jazz, and a pinch of Retro Deco. The Gypsies are leader Steve Curry on guitar, Brian Standridge on trumpet, Eugene Lebeaux on trombone, Mike Sizer on sax, Dale Morris, Jr. on violin, Drew Phelps on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.

Whether adding a fresh dimension to jazz classics or playing innovative original music, The Brian Piper Quartet is captivating to hear, live or recorded. Brian, who has played piano with everyone from Cab Calloway and Kirk Whalum to Willie Nelson and Eric Clapton, assembled a band of A-listers for the second set of this concert: Jason Thomas on drums, Andy Timmons on guitar, and John Adams on bass.

November 7

November 7, 2018 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

The talented and inspirational saxophonist Rachella Parks-Washington blows into Sammons Jazz with her trademark uplifting jazz sounds. Since a diagnosis of sarcoidosis in 2001, Rachella has focused on the power of music to heal. Joining her onstage for the first set are Nate Young on piano, Leonard Hayward on violin, Chris DeRose on guitar, Jared Durham on bass, Deon Reed on drums, and Mark Whitsett on percussion.

Two outstanding vocalists, Andrea Wallace and Simone Jackson, soar into the second set as they pay tribute to the memorable collaboration of Carmen McRae and Betty Carter. These ladies of jazz are backed by fellow alums of Dallas’ famed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts: Fredrick Sanders on piano, Braylon Lacy on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.

December 5

December 5, 2018 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones salutes his two favorite trios, the Oscar Peterson Trio and the Nat King Cole Trio to wrap up the fall season of Sammons Jazz.

His love for these legendary groups grew from the tremendous piano playing Peterson and King Cole exhibited and their feel-good swinging music. Arlington plays Oscar Peterson, who was called O.P. by his friends, in the first set and Nat King Cole in an unforgettable second set. Arlington is joined by James Driscoll on bass and Andrew Griffith on drums.

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Sammons Cabaret is a New York-style cabaret performance series launched in the Spring of 2012 featuring top local vocal performers. The series showcases local artists in an intimate, elegant setting where the artist is the focal point. It is an intensely personal evening of song and stories, where the audience participates in a direct, emotional conversation with the artist.

The Carson Series of Sammons Cabaret, sponsored by Judy & Royal Carson, features top local vocalists performing music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes, torch songs, and other standards.

Presented in the intimate setting of Kurth Hall on the third Thursday of the month, February through May and September through December, each concert begins at 8:00 pm and consists of two sets with a brief intermission between sets. Refreshments are served from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm and again during intermission. Doors to Kurth Hall, located on the fourth floor of the historic Sammons Center, open at 7:30 pm

Performing at Sammons Cabaret: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. To be considered as a performer, please forward your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to info@sammonsartcenter.org

August 24

August 24, 2018 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Beginning with a wine tasting, the Astrid Merriman Cabaret & Cabernet Fete is a semi-annual evening of fine music and fine wines highlighted by a cabaret singer showcase. The showcase features more than ten of the DFW area’s top vocalists, each performing one song from the Great American Songbook, a Broadway show, a jazz standard, or even a pop classic. The popular Larry Petty Combo accompanies many of the singers. Reserved tables of six guests cost $400 (tables of eight guests are sold out as of 7/6/2018). Admission for all guests includes the wine tasting, cabaret showcase, light appetizers, beer, soft drinks, coffee, water, and valet parking. Tables hosts also receive a one-year Sammons Cabaret membership at the Nite Club level, a gift certificate for two tickets to a Sammons Cabaret, and a CD by a local cabaret artist.

September 20

September 20, 2018 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Spanning a range of genres as wide as Texas, singer/songwriter Corey Breedlove continues to evolve as an entertainer. The Dallas native retains elements of jazz, country, blues, and rock in his music, creating a sophisticated yet genial sound that has made him a favorite of all age groups. His shows also demonstrate a fondness for the Great American Songbook, a style that he embraced years ago after buying a Frank Sinatra CD for $1. Corey returns to Sammons Cabaret where his smooth vocals and charming stage presence completely wowed the audience in 2016.

October 18

SHELLEY KENNEAVY: The Best of the Worst, Songs from Broadway Flops Part II
October 18, 2018 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

The vivacious Shelley Kenneavy presents another endearing show of songs from Broadway productions that didn’t win the hearts of audiences or critics, much less long runs or Tony Awards. Much like her renditions of “So Long Dude” and “Shopping Around” in previous appearances at the Sammons Center, Shelley gives seldom-heard songs new life thanks to her inimitable delivery that has won legions of fans in the DFW area and New York. This is a do-not-miss show by the former KERA/KXT announcer and producer who is now charming radio listeners in Atlanta, Georgia.

November 15

TONY HAKIM: A Tribute to Glen Campbell (SOLD OUT)
November 15, 2018 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Whether as a brilliant singer/guitarist or as the affable owner of The Kitchen Cafe which has won acclaim for presenting top local jazz artists, Tony Hakim has been a positive force in North Texas. His mellow guitar style and winsome vocals make him the ideal performer to pay tribute to Glen Campbell, another singer/guitarist known for his authentic style. With a far-ranging repertoire that echoes Campell’s, Tony’s show promises to be a memorable evening of heartfelt music and fascinating stories about the performer who delivered hits like “Wichita Lineman.”

December 20

December 20, 2018 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Lucky theater-goers know her from local productions such as “Nunsense,” “Boy from Oz,” and “The Sound of Music,” while opera fans have enjoyed her performances in “Die Fledermaus,” “Suor Angelica,” and “Masque of Angels.” Jodi has bewitched cabaret audiences across North Texas and thrilled audiences in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi when she sang as a guest soloist with various ballet companies. Jodi brings her expansive vocal range and commanding stage presence to “Belly Up  To The Barbra,” a salute to Barbra Streisand. Jodi sings Streisand tunes and some tunes written about or for Babs.

Become a Sponsor

Sammons Center for the Arts programs depend on both individual and corporate donors like you. Thank you for your support of the best Jazz and Cabaret performances in town! Please see sponsorship opportunities below:

Underwrite a Concert

Sponsorships for Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret or Sammons Center Discovery Concerts start at $1500.  These concerts provide a unique opportunity for your company to combine client development with the support of the arts in Dallas.  The friendly, non-commercial setting creates an informal atmosphere in which your company’s executives and clients can be entertained and enjoy a company-sponsored event.

SAMMONS JAZZ is a complete evening entertainment package including free valet parking, complimentary beverages, and dinner, and, of course, the best live jazz entertainment in Dallas.  Your company will continue to enhance its reputation for investing in quality while receiving benefits and prominent recognition.  SAMMONS CABARET AND SAMMONS CENTER DISCOVERY provide unique custom-tailored sponsorship opportunities that also include complimentary valet parking, refreshments, and beverages.  For more information please complete the Inquiry Form or call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

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Hours of Operation

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:                       Closed

Building Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday:                       Noon – 8:00 pm  (Closed on Sundays in June, July, and August)

The building is closed on select holidays including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For specific holiday closings, call (214) 520-7788.


The Sammons Center for the Arts is located at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, between North Houston Street and Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas, TX. The driveway to the building is accessible from the right lane of northbound Harry Hines Blvd. From southbound Harry Hines Blvd., make a U-turn at N. Houston St. (this is a signal-protected turn).


There are 58 surface parking lot spaces adjacent to the building and 37 additional spaces below the Dallas North Tollway overpass and near North Houston Street. For guests attending Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret, and Sammons Discovery performances, complimentary valet parking is included in admission.

Resident arts organizations and other groups renting the Sammons Center are encouraged to purchase valet services. Guests attending an event presented by a resident or other group at the Center may visit the Partner Events page or contact the presenting organization to confirm parking options.


All levels of the Sammons Center are accessible to wheelchair users and others with special needs. From the sidewalk on Harry Hines Blvd., an accessible ramp is located at the northwest corner of the building. Handicap parking is available in the Center lot. All restrooms have fully accessible stalls. Certified service animals are welcome.

What can I expect at a concert?

Casual atmosphere, dress is typically business casual. Sammons Jazz: Reception on the second floor from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by buffet-style dinner and beverages upon entering Meadows Hall at 7:00 pm. Table seating for 2 – 8 people (first-come, first-served). Sammons Cabaret: Beverages and hors-d’oeuvres reception from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the second floor, followed by the concert in Kurth Hall at 8:00 pm. Food and beverages are allowed in Kurth Hall; seating provides small side tables for placing refreshments. Each concert includes a brief intermission.

Concert Attire

Dress is typically business casual although some Sammons Cabaret attendees do wear cocktail attire.

What is included in the price of my ticket?

Sammons Jazz: Complimentary valet, buffet-style meal, and beverages.
Sammons Cabaret: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.
Sammons Discovery: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.

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